Graduate School of Global Food Resources Hokkaido University

Prospective Students



Rapid economic globalization has promoted the development of some industries having comparative advantage, but it also generates negative effects for industries that have no comparative advantage. For instance, agriculturalists who produce farm products are exposed to competition from imported, less-expensive farm products. In such cases, embedded systems to supply food resources in the area might be threatened. It also is important for historical reasons that we consider phenomena by which small farms of an economically developing country have been marginalized by colonial rule, international political economy, agro-politics, collectivization, and national land reform. We investigate and analyze the effects of globalization on national economies that have no comparative advantage, as described below.

  • Based on deference to laws learned by experience in the area, enhancement of community organizations by the formation of agreements and the self-government of local inhabitants
  • Political proposals given from the bottom up to contribute to sustained production by primary industry workers
  • Branding strategies that use local resources such as agriculture and marine products
  • Value added to primary food products by connection with a scene and/or culture
  • Development and application of a statistical model for analysis of price fluctuations in international commodities markets, including farm products, and the local market

This research unit presents some ideas to increase the well-being and welfare of small farming, small coastal fisheries, and workers at small companies by monitoring and analyzing their salary, life quality, and happiness. We would like to educate talented people who can contribute to work related to these subjects.